Originally Posted by 808beer
Ive been an extract brewer for about a year now. I want to get into all grain brewing. I came across this site that sells this item:http://northernbrewer.com/pics/thumbs/basic-ags.jpg
How do I use this type of set up and what are the steps that I need to know? (step by step in lazy man terms would help...Im kinda slow...)
The bucket with the spigot is your hot liquor tank (HLT), and the one without the spigot is your lauter tun.
With that system, the steps would be:
Mash, in a pot or a seperate mash tun (like a plastic cooler)
Heat water to about 185 F, dump it into the HLT.
Dump the mash into the lauter tun.
Sparge: water is slowly added to the mash from the HLT, while wort is slowly drained from the lauter tun.
Boil as w/ an extract recipe.
Conversion is pretty easy, as Budbo said. The reason you use less bittering
hops is that the SG of you boil is a lot lower when you do a full boil, and less dense liquid = more efficient extraction of alpha acids.